Somehow there’s always chaos when I’m trying to get out the door and tell the babysitter everything she needs to know. That’s not an ideal situation for the babysitter or for me. To give myself some peace and to insure our babysitter has the information she needed, I used a Babysitter Information Sheet when my children were younger. I’ve created a free printable Babysitter Information Sheet that you can download and use in your home for your peace of mind.
As a military family, we move every one to three years. That meant that I was always looking for a new babysitter. And for this mom, nicknamed, “Safety Susan,” that was stressful. In the military community there often events that we had to attend, so using a babysitter was a necessity and family and friends were hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.
It was important to me to make sure the babysitter had all the information she needed to keep my children safe and comfortable, and hopefully even happy. I learned the hard way a dark, stormy night (yes, really) why you should have a babysitter checklist.
I picked up the babysitter and brought her to our house so she didn’t know our address. I left our cell phone number written down for her. This was back when cell phones only made calls and most families had one for the family, not one for each member. Well, a storm came up, the power went out (in ancient 1950’s base housing), and the babysitter didn’t know where our flashlights or candles were. My children were too young then to know, either. (I started leaving those out on the counter after that experience.) She called her mom. Her mom was going to come help her, but the babysitter didn’t know our street address. She reluctantly called us (she didn’t want to bother us), I told here where the flashlights were and then we headed immediately home. Yikes!
That experience made me realize that simply telling the babysitter critical information (and sometimes forgetting to tell her), was not acceptable. I created a printed babysitter information sheet that contained all the information she would need in one spot. She no longer had to remember information given to her during the chaos of her arrival and our departure.
You don’t have to learn the hard way like I did.
Babysitter Information Sheet
Print out several copies of this Babysitter Information Sheet. Fill it in completely.
Review the information sheet with your babysitter when she arrives. Leave it in a conspicuous location that your children can’t access. Make sure the babysitter know where you’ve left the babysitter information sheet.
Have a wonderful time out on the town knowing that your children and babysitter are safe at home.
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Do you use a babysitter information sheet or checklist? When was the last time you went out and had a babysitter stay with your children? Make plans for this weekend and enjoy!